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  • Dec 29, 1845
    Texas becomes the 28th state to join the union. It breeds numerous country stars, including Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Gene Watson, Ray Price, The Eli Young Band, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Miranda Lambert
    Nov 12, 1882
    Tom Reeves is born in Panola County, Texas. In 1924, he has a son, Jim Reeves
    Jan 11, 1883
    Annie Huxford is born in Texas. After marrying Barty Brown, she gives birth to band leader Milton Brown and guitarist Derwood Brown, members of the western swing band The Musical Brownies
    Apr 6, 1883
    Vernon Dalhart is born in Jefferson, Texas. After working in a variety of styles, his 1924 recording of "The Wreck Of The Old '97" and "The Prisoner's Song" becomes country music's first million-seller
    Jul 4, 1883
    The first rodeo is held in Pecos, Texas. The rodeo becomes an important career building block and/or musical theme for such artists as Reba McEntire, Moe Bandy, Garth Brooks, Chris LeDoux and George Strait, among others
    Aug 28, 1888
    Lee "Lasses" White is born in Wills Point, Texas. He joins the Grand Ole Opry as half of the blackface comedy team Lasses & White, moving into movies in 1938
    Jan 31, 1889
    John "Lolly" Horton is born in Smith County, Texas. He will have five children, including future country star Johnny Horton
    Jun 15, 1892
    Singer/songwriter Tex Owens is born in Killeen, Texas. He writes the cowboy classic "Cattle Call." He is a brother to Texas Ruby and father of Laura Lee McBride, the first female vocalist for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
    Jul 6, 1894
    Songwriter Shelly Lee Alley is born near Alleyton, Texas. He writes the Jimmie Rodgers singles "Gambling Bar Room Blues" and "Travelin' Blues"
    Dec 20, 1894
    Jim Ritter marries Lizzie Matthews in Carthage, Texas. Eleven years later, they produce a son: future Country Music Hall of Famer Tex Ritter

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